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We found 9 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept WellCare near Kissimmee, FL.

Dr. Mario Felipe Moquete, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
809 E Oak Street; Suite 201
Kissimmee, FL
 

Dr. Mario Moquete is an adult gastroenterology specialist. He attended medical school at National University of Pedro Henriquez Urena. He trained at Montefiore Medical Center for residency. Dr. Moquete is rated 2.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Moquete's hospital/clinic affiliations include Osceola Regional Medical Center and Orlando Health.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal bleeding, stomach problems, small intestine disorders, malabsorption, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Esophagus Problems, Gastrointestinal Bleeding, ERCP, Proctosigmoidoscopy, Small Intestine ... (Read more)

Dr. Mamta Ved Vijayvargiya, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology
737 West Oak Street
Kissimmee, FL
 

Dr. Mamta Vijayvargiya practices adult hematology and adult oncology in Kissimmee, FL and Saint Cloud, FL. Coresource, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Vijayvargiya takes. She graduated from Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education & Research (JIPMER) and Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, Ajmer and then she performed her residency at Jersey Shore University Medical Center. She is professionally affiliated with St. Cloud Regional Medical Center and Osceola Regional Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , colorectal cancer

All Interests: Sickle Cell Disease, Soft Tissue Sarcoma, Stem Cell Transplant, Hemophilia, Hodgkin's Lymphoma, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Pediatrics, Adolescent Medicine
814 N Main Street
Kissimmee, FL
 

Dr. Ramon Pineda is a medical specialist in adolescent medicine. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Pineda is professionally affiliated with Osceola Regional Medical Center. He attended medical school at the University of Cartagena Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Pineda trained at Driscoll Children's Hospital for his residency. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , vomiting

All Interests: Cluster Headache, Immunization, Ear Infection, Atopic Dermatitis, Foreign Body Removal, Tension ... (Read more)

Dr. Ricardo Herrarte Crisostomo, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology
201 Hilda Street; Suite 33
Kissimmee, FL
 

Dr. Ricardo Crisostomo practices adult hematology and adult oncology. Dr. Crisostomo's professional affiliations include St. Cloud Regional Medical Center and Osceola Regional Medical Center. Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Crisostomo takes. He is a graduate of Federal University of Bahia and a graduate of San Juan Municipal Hospital's residency program. He is conversant in Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer, colorectal cancer

All Interests: Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura, MRI, Myeloproliferative Disorders, Bone Marrow Biopsy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Ajaz Afzal, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1032 Mann Street; Oak Medical Plaza 1
Kissimmee, FL
 

Dr. Ajaz Afzal practices general internal medicine. Dr. Afzal (or staff) speaks the following languages: Urdu and Spanish. Dr. Afzal is affiliated with Osceola Regional Medical Center. He attended medical school at Sindh Medical College. His residency was performed at Flushing Hospital Medical Center. Dr. Afzal accepts Coresource, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

All Interests: Immunization, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Hypertension, Sleep Apnea, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary ... (Read more)

Dr. Edward L J Frame, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
3227 Hills Dale Lane
Kissimmee, FL
 

Dr. Edward Frame is an internist in Kissimmee, FL. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Frame is professionally affiliated with Osceola Regional Medical Center. Before performing his residency at Hurley Medical Center, Dr. Frame attended Central University of the Caribbean School of Medicine. Dr. Frame's patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO.

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Relevant Interests: , irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

All Interests: Alcohol Abuse, Depression, Immunization, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Hypertension, Hypoglycemia, ... (Read more)

Dr. Adnan Akhtar, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology
1300 West Oak Street
Kissimmee, FL
 

Dr. Adnan Akhtar's areas of specialization are adult hematology and adult oncology; he sees patients in Kissimmee, FL. He attended Rawalpindi Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at Westchester Medical Center for residency. Dr. Akhtar's areas of expertise include bone marrow biopsy. He honors Coresource, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He is conversant in Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Osceola Regional Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer, rectal cancer, pancreatic cancer

All Interests: Postpartum, Vulvar Cancer, Brain Cancer, Gallbladder Cancer, Bile Duct Cancer, Oral Cancer, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1819 West Oak Street
Kissimmee, FL
 

Dr. Mehr Rahmatullah's medical specialty is general internal medicine. She accepts Coventry, TRICARE, and First Health, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Dow Medical College, Dr. Rahmatullah performed her residency at Orlando Health. Dr. Rahmatullah (or staff) is conversant in Urdu. Dr. Rahmatullah's hospital/clinic affiliations include Osceola Regional Medical Center and Orlando Health.

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Relevant Interests: , irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

All Interests: Depression, Osteoporosis, Electrocardiogram, Bone Density Test, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, ... (Read more)

Dr. Syed Amir Ahmed, MD
Specializes in Adult Infectious Disease
1504 Village Oak Lane; Suite A
Kissimmee, FL
 

Dr. Syed Ahmed is an adult infectious disease specialist. Dr. Ahmed (or staff) speaks Urdu and Spanish. His professional affiliations include St. Cloud Regional Medical Center, Osceola Regional Medical Center, and Orlando Health. After attending Dow Medical College for medical school, he completed his residency training at Westlake Hospital, Resurrection Medical Center, and Rush University Medical Center. Dr. Ahmed takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

All Interests: Alcohol Abuse, Cryosurgery, Depression, Immunization, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Hypertension, ... (Read more)

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What are Gastrointestinal Problems?

The gastrointestinal system, or GI tract, is the name given to a collection of organs that work together to digest food. These organs fit together in a long tube, running from the mouth to the anus, and include the esophagus, stomach, and intestines, among others. With so many parts working together, complicated by today’s busy lifestyles and diets, digestive problems are common. As many as 1 in 3 Americans have a digestive or GI disorder. There are a huge variety of digestive problems, but the most common are IBS, constipation, GERD, hemorrhoids, and ulcers.

IBS, or irritable bowel syndrome, happens when the muscles surrounding the colon contract too easily or frequently. The result is abdominal pain, cramps, diarrhea or constipation, gas and bloating. IBS attacks can often be brought on by specific triggers, so a key part of treatment is learning which foods trigger IBS attacks and avoiding them. Treatment also includes exercise, avoiding stress, and medications if needed.

Constipation, or large, hard, or infrequent stools, happens to everyone at some point. It can be caused by a disruption in routine or food, or by eating a diet without many fresh fruits and vegetables. Although it is uncomfortable, constipation is common and usually not serious, but it can sometimes become chronic. Adding fiber to the diet, exercising, and taking medications may help.

GERD, or gastroesophageal reflux disease, is a severe form of chronic heartburn where stomach acid spills back up into the esophagus. Left untreated, the acid may even eat away at the esophagus and cause serious damage. Treatment includes changing the diet to avoid trigger foods, losing weight if needed, medications, or even surgery.

Hemorrhoids are blood vessels around the rectum that become irritated, swollen or torn while straining during a bowel movement. They are most often caused by constipation, but can also be caused by pregnancy, diarrhea, or simply a genetic predisposition towards hemorrhoids. Treatment involves first treating any constipation issues, then keeping the area clean and soothed until it has healed. If these measures are ineffective, surgery is sometimes used.

Peptic ulcers are sores or spots of inflammation in the lining of the stomach or close to the stomach in the small intestine. Usually this area is coated with a protective lining that shields the tissue from the strong stomach acid, but a break in the lining can let acid in, causing the sores. It used to be thought that stress caused ulcers, but now we know that is not the case. Most often, they are caused by an infection by H. pylori bacteria, but ulcers can also be caused by alcohol abuse or overuse of aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen, or other NSAIDS. The symptoms of an ulcer are pain, hunger, nausea, and fatigue.

Gastrointestinal problems, perhaps more than any other area, are markedly affected by lifestyle. Many disorders can be prevented or treated at least in part by eating a healthy diet high in fiber, exercising regularly, drinking enough water, and limiting alcohol intake. Still, the frequency of digestive disorders means that even the healthiest person can be affected by them. See your doctor if you notice blood in your stool, abdominal pain, unexplained weight loss, or any significant change in bowel movements.